The Reds, Blue Jays and Braves are all interested in signing free agent Kelly Johnson, though each is seemingly open to adding him as a non-roster invitee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Johnson is still hoping to receive a major league contract before the season begins, according to Rosenthal.
Though the market for Johnson didn’t develop throughout the offseason, he has proven he can contribute to a major league club. Over 82 games with the Mets last season, Johnson hit .268/.328/.459 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. That production came after he hit just .215 with the Braves earlier in the year.
Johnson, 23, is valued at about half a win, which likely justifies the interest. However, at this point in spring training, teams might be hesitant to sign him to a major league deal. He is a versatile piece who can play second and third base and in the outfield, and as teams attempt to overcome late injuries, Johnson could emerge as an option.
Still, there is a chance Johnson doesn’t receive the minor league deal he is seeking.